Tiruchi, the training ground for RPF women constable recruits

Tiruchi has been selected as one of the centres across the country by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for imparting training on a mass scale to women constable recruits to be inducted into the force soon.

The RPF Zonal Training Centre at Khajamalai here, the lone training establishment of the force in the Southern Railway Zone, and the Railway Protection Special Force V Battalion here are gearing up to train 700 women constable recruits.

Detailed training module covering a gamut of aspects has been meticulously devised by the RPF authorities in New Delhi taking into account the latest developments and amendments in Acts ahead of the commencement of the eight-month training programme for the recruits.

The RPF authorities in New Delhi have allocated 400 women constable recruits to be trained at the sprawling Zonal Training Centre and 300 other trainees at the Railway Protection Special Force V Battalion campus.

At the all-India level, the RPF would be inducting into the force over 6,000 new constables, including more than 2,900 women, to augment its strength by imparting comprehensive training at its training centres functioning across the country including the one at Tiruchi.

The RPF Zonal Training Centre at Tiruchi is putting in place necessary paraphernalia and facilities prior to the commencement of the exercise with over ₹ 75 lakh funds granted by the railway administration, said a senior RPF officer.

A team of around 50 RPF trainers of different ranks, including 25 women instructors, would be engaged to the train the new recruits.

The RPF instructors in the ranks of Head Constable, Assistant Sub Inspector, Sub Inspector and Inspector serving at different areas have been carefully hand picked by a high-level screening committee to ensure that the training to the new recruits was to the best of the standards.

The instructors have already undergone an orientation at the RPF Training Centre at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and at the RPF Training Academy in Lucknow. The training for the recruits at Tiruchi is expected to commence from next month, the senior RPF officer said.

The comprehensive training module would also contain latest directive from the Centre empowering RPF field-level officers to exercise powers under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and about the Railway Security Management System besides Forensic Science.

The daily training schedule for a period of eight months would encompass outdoor and indoor sessions. The outdoor sessions would feature physical training, parade and handling different types of weapons such as the Self Loading Rifle, 9mm pistol, carbine, INSAS and AK-47 assault rifles besides firing exercise. The trainees would also be trained in handling security-related gadgets such as X-ray baggage scanners and surveillance cameras-based CCTV system in place at railway stations.

The indoor classes would deal with railway working system, crime on railways, psychology, disaster management, fire fighting, about IED explosives and its types, Human Rights, The Railway Act and the Railway Property Unlawful Possession Act, relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure among others, said the officer. The trainees would undergo separate classes on yoga and meditation.

Although the Zonal Training Centre here has trained women Constable recruits in the past, this time around the exercise would be on a mass scale after a long gap, the senior officer said adding that the Director General of the Railway Protection Force Arun Kumar had inspected the establishment a few months ago to get a first hand account of the facilities prevailing at the premises and had given instructions based on which additional facilities were being put in place. Apart from Tiruchi, the recruits are also to be trained at places including Gorakhpur, Subedarganj and Moula Ali. Upon completion of training, the newly inducted Constables would thereafter undergo field -level training for two months after being attached to RPF Posts across the Southern Railway Zone.

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